If your move involves needing a short term stay in a new city or town, whether because you have to wait for your new home to be ready to move into or if you need time to find a place to live, then you will probably have to find short-term housing.
With the rise of online rental organizations such as Airbnb, it's easier now than ever before to find a rental space that can feel more like home and be cheaper than a hotel stay.
If you're looking for short term housing options, the place to start is to do an internet search. Use phrases such as: "short term housing" or "corporate housing" and the the new city you're moving to. You'll find local companies that specialize in providing this type of accommodation as well as brokers who may assist you in finding the perfect place.
Craigslist also has listings of short term or temporary housing available. Just be careful when choosing a listing to ensure that the offer is legitimate. Don't send money in advance unless you can trust the apartment owner. It's better to visit in person so you can check out the space and the owner.
Choosing a Short-Term Rental Over Corporate Housing
Depending on the time of year that you're moving and where you're moving to, vacation rental properties might be the way to go. Most companies offer online booking with availability and costs upfront. It differs from corporate housing where you often have to speak directly to an agent before obtaining rental fees. Many vacation rentals are now children and pet-friendly, with some companies providing rental insurance just in case the property you've rented doesn't work out.
I've used vacation rental companies for many of our family trips, in particular to areas where corporate housing doesn't reach. I've always been pleased with the service and the hospitality of the hosts and can usually find an amazing deal that is far cheaper than the costs of a hotel. Plus, most companies offer properties internationally, so no matter where you're moving, you can usually find short term accommodation for rent.
Deciding on a Particular Short Term Rental Company
Airbnb: While Airbnb is now the largest vacation rental site available, it is also a great place to find short-term rentals. Just note, if you're moving during the summer or high season, you might find it more difficult to book a longer stay. During the off season or if you're moving in the winter, you may be able to negotiate a better deal. Contact the owners directly to find out.
Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO): I've used this company before for vacation rentals. It's well established, and you deal directly with the owner. They have a vast network of rentals available around the world.
Owner Direct: Similar to VRBO, Owner Direct lists properties throughout the world. You can search by location, date, the number of nights and number of guests - very much like a hotel booking. I've never used their service, but a friend highly recommends them.
If you have any suggestions of companies that you've used, leave a comment and tell us about your experience (good or bad).